I ♥ Pluto! July 18, 2015Posted by Ubi Dubium in Events, Wow.
Tags: NASA, New Horizons, Pluto, science
Over the past few of weeks I’ve been pretty obsessively following the news from the New Horizons probe. It’s distracted me from the volcanocam and even the photos of Ceres from Dawn! I’ve watched the images rapidly go from small and smudgy:
To showing some surface features:
To an amazing image of a world that’s far more interesting then I would have imagined:
Wow! Look at the color, and how few craters there are, and it even has a heart!
Of course, in space, there’s not actually an up or down, and so the orientation of this photo is rather arbitrary on the part of NASA. They could have published it like this:
Then instead of saying “Pluto has a heart!” We’d be saying “Pluto is mooning us!” Which is probably a good reason for NASA to have the photo orientation the way they do.
Here’s probably my favorite image from this past week: